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Local foodies, wine experts teaching non-credit classes at WSU

Guy Bower is teaching another round of wine appreciation classes at Wichita State University.
Guy Bower is teaching another round of wine appreciation classes at Wichita State University.

Wichita State University is out with its listings of non-credit “community education” classes, and it includes several food and drink seminars put on by local food experts. Enrollment is now open at wichta.edu/noncredit or 316-978-3731. Most classes have just 40 seats available, so if you’re interested, sign up soon.

Here’s a look at some of the good ones:

Cooking to Entertain: Paul Freimuth, the executive Chef at Wichita’s Hyatt Regency, and his sous chef, Freddie Hernandez, will teach students how to create edible art from fruits and vegetables in the first part of the class, and during the second party, they’ll learn how to prepare Spanish tapas. The class is from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 14 until Oct. 19 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver. It costs $124.

Holiday hors d’oeuvres: Local cooking teacher Adriene Rathbun, who owns Social, will teacher students how to make eight appetizers for holiday parties. It’s a two-week class that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov 5 and 12 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex. It’s $65 a person.

Beer tasting: Beer expert Rob Miller, the man behind Rob’s World of Beers at Goebel Liquor, 352 S. West St., will teach two classes that will show students how to evaluate beer by appearance, smell and taste and how to expand their beer vocabularies. Students will spend the majority of class time tasting beers and must be 21 to enroll. Miller will offer the first round of classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 2-30 (except Sept. 23) at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex. Beer Tasting 2, which goes more in depth and is designed for students from the first session, happens from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 7-28 at WSU West, 3801 N. Walker Ave., near 37th St. N. & Maize Rd. The first session costs $85 and the second once is $99.

Wine tasting and enjoyment: Local wine expert Guy Bower will teach this class, designed as a casual overview for either wine novices or those with more experience. Students will learn the basics of taste and how to recognize and describe different varietals. Most of the class time will be spent on wine tasting. Students must be at least 21, and classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 14 through Oct. 5. It costs $106 a person.

Food & wine pairing with Good Life Guy: Guy Bower also will teach a class about pairing wine with food. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays Oct. 19 through Nov. 16 (except Nov. 9) at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex. It costs $141 a person.

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